12/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

The DCCC launches holiday ads targeting southeast Republicans over the tax vote, State House Democrats reportedly paid $250k to settle sexual harassment claims against Caltagirone, calls for Leach’s resignation grow, and Denlinger enters the race for LG.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

DCCC Launches Holiday Themed Digital Ad on Tax Reform Right After Tax Vote: The DCCC is launching a new digital ad targeting Congressmen Ryan Costello, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Pat Meehan over the Republican tax reform vote today.

State House Dems Settled Sexual Harassment Claim Against Caltagirone: The Pennsylvania House Democrats reportedly paid out a settlement of almost a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone.

Democratic Calls Mount for Leach to Resign: After reports of sexual harassment emerged over the weekend against state Senator Daylin Leach, more people are joining in calls for him to resign his seat in the Senate, including state Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Patty Kim, and Lieutenant Governor candidate Aryanna Berringer.

Denlinger Enters Race for Lieutenant Governor: Former state Rep. Gordon Denlinger announced he is running for Lieutenant Governor in a letter to Republican State Party members Monday night.

Legislative Election Update
City & State: Daughter of former US Rep. Borski guns for 177th district seat
City & State: Racist T-shirt scandal haunts candidate in 177th District

State House Sound Bites: Pa. House Dems spent a quarter million to settle harassment complaint
State House Sound Bites: Rep. Petri, who chaired House Gaming Committee, will resign seat
Capitolwire: Strong casino opt-out movement in Adams County.

Inquirer: Analysis: Trump tax plan puts him on verge of big win – but not the kind he promised middle class
Inquirer: Aide to Rep. Bob Brady pleads guilty in illegal lobbying probe in Missouri
Inquirer: Q. and A.: After Kenney signs controversial bill on beer delis, then what?
Inquirer: Democrats unlikely to force DACA vote this week, probably averting shutdown
Inquirer: Pa. House Democrats pay $248K to settle sexual harassment complaint against 40-year lawmaker
Inquirer: Ex-Republican state lawmaker to run for lieutenant governor
KYW: PA House Dems Confirm 2 Sex Harassment Settlements
WHYY: Will Pa. Senate probe Leach accusations?
WHYY: Pa. House Dems spent $250,000 to settle one harassment complaint
Billy Penn: Why Philly stop-and-go violations have gone unenforced for so long

Delco Times: Krueger-Braneky joins chorus calling for Leach to resign
Delco Times: Local GOP reps line up behind massive tax overhaul; House will make final vote today
Delco Times: Policy on transgender students draws flack in Penn-Delco
Pottstown Mercury: Costello, Meehan vote in favor of massive tax cut package
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Legislature agreed to nearly $250K sex misconduct settlement
Bucks County Courier Times: Prosecutors seek to reinstate charges in 2015 Amtrak wreck

Post-Gazette: Pa. House Democrats spent $248,000 to settle sexual harassment complaint against lawmaker
Post-Gazette: Senate passes GOP tax legislation on narrow party-line vote
Post-Gazette: ‘It’s killing our business’: Latest PWSA advisory takes a toll, could be lifted Tuesday
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto names Dan Gilman new chief of staff
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council agrees to transfer tax increase
Tribune Review: Monessen seeks missing documents, asks Trib for help
Tribune Review: Somerset County man admits threatening to kill Vice President Mike Pence
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council approves budget that boosts spending on streets, bridges
Tribune Review: McCandless council votes to ban casinos from town
KDKA: Pa. AG Protests Repeal Of Rules Protecting Consumers On Airline Baggage Fees
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Says He’ll Sue To Restore Net Neutrality, Cites ‘Fake’ Comments By FCC

Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Casey: CHIP program needs to be reauthorized now
Beaver County Times: Christiana gets endorsed by PA House, Senate majority leaders in U.S. Senate bid
Beaver County Times: Tarasi says Rothfus should ‘come clean’ on how Republican tax plan helps him

Times Leader: State approves production of medical marijuana at Scranton facility
Times Leader: West Pittston council approves 2018 budget with no tax hike
Times Leader: Casey under fire for comments calling for Trump to resign
Times-Tribune: Insurance policy could help Scranton schools recoup money
Standard-Speaker: City council closer to a budget

South Central
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls on second Democratic lawmaker to resign over sexual harassment claims
Patriot News: House Democrats pay out $514,300 to settle sexual harassment and other claims by employees since 2007
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls on second Democratic lawmaker to resign over sexual harassment claims
Patriot News: State lawmaker accused of sexual harassment that resulted in $248,000 payout: report
Patriot News: How did they vote? A look at how Pa.’s lawmakers voted on the massive tax package
WPMT: PA House Democratic Caucus agreed to pay $514,300 to settle claims by employees
WHTM: 6 companies now approved to grow medical marijuana
WITF: Governor Wolf wants Caltagirone to quit over sexual harassment payout
LNP: Legislature agreed to nearly $250K sex misconduct settlement
LNP: Lloyd Smucker, Pat Meehan vote for finalized tax reform plan
LNP: Former GOP Rep. Gordon Denlinger to run for lieutenant governor

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Caltagirone called to resign amid report of $248K settlement
WFMZ: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf: Berks ‘Rep. Caltagirone should resign’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania adds six Lehigh Valley farms to preservation program
Morning Call: Scranton cannabis grower approved to begin operations despite controversy
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf: State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone ‘should resign’
Reading Eagle: Reading council takes marijuana ordinance off the table

North by Northwest
WJET: House approves final version of Republican Tax Bill, voting moves to Senate
WJET: Tom Wolf reaches out to employers about flu bug prevention
Clearfield Progress: Wolf signs legislation to regulate recovery homes
Erie Times-News: County Council to consider vehicle registration fee, land bank

Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Leach accusations roil 2018 elections
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Fix Pa.’s pension-forfeiture law
Inquirer: This city is murder: Time to halt rise in homicides | Editorial
Inquirer: Three changes that will help foster children in Pa. succeed in school
Post-Gazette: Water woes, chapter 3: Major pipe break shows need for PWSA overhaul
Patriot News: GOP guv candidate Paul Mango just compared Gov. Wolf to a convicted murderer over abortion bill veto
Patriot News: Here are 9 ways you got screwed in 2017, Pennsylvania
LNP: State lawmakers, and voters, need to address toxic culture of sexual harassment at Pennsylvania’s Capitol

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